Nazri may smirk and blow hot air all he wants in Parliament but he is inadvertently helping to ‘blow’ this government away, come the next general election, observes Martin Jalleh.
Martin Jalleh wonders aloud if the Speaker’s decision is based on parliamentary maturity or political expediency.
The Umno-dominated BN government’s mantra is that Malaysia is not ready for so many things that are basic in all truly democratic and progressive countries, observes Tota.
Democratic reforms should not be confined to the electoral process but should also encompass larger institutions and structures – and that is why we must also introduce parliamentary reforms, writes Francis Loh.
The first-past-the-post system that we have now is not conducive to the establishment of an independent bloc in Parliament, observes Choo Sing Chye. Those who want to see independent-minded MPs in parliament should support the call for the proportional representation system.
Member of Parliament Jeyakumar Devaraj recently filed a motion in Parliament to cut special constituency allocations by RM400m.
Chistopher Chong reminds elected reps that they are public servants whose job it is to ensure the welfare of all Malaysians by focusing on public issues rather than personal political gains.
The government should ease the minds of the people by passing a parliamentary resolution that the 13th general elections will be democratic, free and fair, writes John Inbaraj. The resolution must further include a clause that the Barisan shall concede power graciously should the opposition win.
Official poverty figures appear contradictory, points out our correspondent: it is almost certainly impossible that poverty in Sabah has plunged to less than a third of what it was in 2009, especially since it has apparently fallen by only 25 per cent in Sarawak.
In a charged ominous atmosphere where race issues are played to the hilt by the BN, it would be to the advantage of Pakatan Rakyat to have a parliamentary committee to counter this, says Choo Sing Chye.